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Writing workshops bring national writers to Towner

October 25, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Have a story to tell, but not sure where to start?

The North Dakota Humanities Council will be connecting people in north central North Dakota with two professional and accomplished North Dakota authors at a pair of writing workshops on Nov. 12 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Towner School Library.

Debra Marquart's memoir, "The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere" (Counterpoint Books, 2006), was awarded the 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award. Marquart is a professor of English and the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. Her next book, a poetry collection titled "Small Buried Things," is forthcoming from New Rivers Press in 2013.

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Taylor Brorby is currently serving as Holden Village's first Writer-In-Residence. His first book, "50 Years of Memories: Holden Village And Its History," is due out in late 2014.

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These hands-on workshops are designed for members of the community interested in honing their writing skills. Each event will include a discussion of the process of researching and writing about family and place, about the different approaches to writing the essay, and will include time to workshop with the authors. Participants are asked to come with a prepared piece of writing-it need not be long, though it shouldn't be too short.

This workshop is intended for writers at every stage of development, and is free and open to the public.

All are welcome to come and participate or just sit back and listen. Participants should bring a notebook and pen/pencil. The writing workshop will be conducted in two visits. Participants must be able to attend both workshops.

Finished stories generated during the workshops will appear on the NDHC website. The NDHC will also publish a special issue of On Second Thought magazine in the summer of 2014 that will print the best stories generated at the workshops.

For more information about Marquart's and Brorby's visit to the community, contact Ryan Taylor at 701-537-5660 or email A complete schedule of their visit is available for viewing online at Participants should visit the NDHC website and register as soon as possible. Space is limited.



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